BC Reads – Elementary
Three things to do today to help your child develop good reading habits:
- Create three book boxes (shoe box, basket) filled with plenty of reading materials. Place one by the kitchen table or where your child eats breakfast, one in the bathroom, and one next to your child's bed.
- Place a reading light by your child's bed.
- Allow your child to stay awake 20 minutes longer at bedtime if they choose to read in bed.
Research shows that:
- Children who read the most read the best.
- The presence and ownership of books/magazines/newspapers at home is a key factor linked to success at school.
- A child spends 900 hours a year in school and 7,800 hours at home. You are their primary teacher; you play an important role in your child's education.
The benefits of reading aloud to your child:
- Reading to children at a higher level than they read introduces them to new words and ideas and accelerates their reading progress.
- Children who are read to at least three times a week are almost twice as likely to score in the top 25% on standardized tests than those who are read to less than three times a week.
- Reading to your child creates a lasting bond between you and your child.